John Taylor: ‘Rolling Stones’ Retirement Will Spark Mass Music Exodus’
Duran Duran star John Taylor is convinced the music industry will face a mass exit by older bands once the Rolling Stones retire. The bassist credits the veteran rockers with setting a high standard for other groups because they are still touring the world more than 50 years after they formed in 1962.
However, Taylor fears that when the Stones do eventually stand down, it will lead to numerous other splits. “The Stones do set the pace,” he told the London Evening Standard. “Every year you’re like ‘Please please retire so we can all retire’. But it’s a very addictive game and while there is an audience that is interested in seeing you and while you still think you’ve got something to say, why not? I feel that retiring from the gig everything would fall apart.”